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Wedding Information: Packer Memorial Church

Reserving Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University, for a wedding is restricted to the following persons:

1.  Lehigh students, alumni, faculty, and staff and their *immediate family members (*children of faculty/staff/alumni, mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents.)  For a Roman Catholic wedding, bride or groom must be a graduate of Lehigh to be eligible.  Children of faculty or staff are not eligible unless they themselves are graduates of Lehigh. This applies only to Catholic weddings.

2.  Alumni requesting the University Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Lloyd H. Steffen (must be approved according to university guidelines).

3.  Alumni requesting the Newman Center Chaplain, and for whom the university is considered their parish. See #1 for eligibility for catholic wedding.

4.  The chapel is not available for non-religious wedding ceremonies by a judge or justice of the peace.

5.  Weddings will be reserved only through the Office of the University Chaplain.

The Dialogue Center, Chaplain's Office
661 Taylor Street #41
Bethlehem, PA  18015

Telephone:  610-758-3877  Fax 610-758-4670

Holy Ghost Church
417 Carlton Avenue
Bethlehem, PA  18015
Telephone:  610-758-4148

We are currently booking for 2018 and 2019 only.

Messages of request may be sent to: incha@lehigh.edu or by telephoning 610-758-3877
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All emails and telephone calls will be returned in the order in which they were received.

Reservations for 2020 will be offered in early February 2019.  Certain dates may be held for possible university events which take precedence over outside reservations.


Dear Brides and Grooms:

Lehigh makes necessary repairs and improvements to buildings and grounds during the summer months in preparation for the upcoming academic year.  This site will be updated as we receive information regarding projects planned for areas directly around Packer Memorial Church.

Historical architects will be working to restore the stained glass windows of Packer Memorial Church over the next several years.  In 2014, work was completed on the South transept section and moved East into the altar area. Continuation of project resumed in May 2015 focusing on all the main altar windows and was completed in late August 2015. In May of 2016, restoration work commenced with the North transept section and West toward the tower (the side of the church parallel to Packer Avenue). The project involved scaffolding on both the exterior and interior of the church.  Scaffolding inside the church was draped with matching fabric. Work on this section was completed mid-November 2016.  

UPDATED:  May 23, 2017 
2017 Restorations (tentative):  
Scaffolding will encase the entire tower from Spring 2017 through Thanksgiving 2017.  See image.  Lower scaffold will remain in place over the 2017-2018 winter months.  There will be no scaffold inside the church in 2017.  

2018 Restorations (tentative): Restoration of three stained glass windows on the north side of the church (Packer Avenue) are tentatively scheduled from Spring through Thanksgiving of 2018.  Exterior construction includes scaffolding on the lower portion of the tower and a full scaffold build on the north facing wall.  Interior work will include scaffolding draped with matching fabric on the north side of the church.   Please see image of outlined construction. 

2019 Restorations (tentative): Construction scaffold on the front exterior of the church is slated for early 2019.  Image depicts area to be restored.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For information or questions concerning weddings in Packer Church, please contact the Chaplain's Office at 610-758-3877 or e-mail Terri Ball-Nicholas at: tlb311@lehigh.edu